Apple Cookie Dough Cupcakes

The Story:

I am a fellow Pinterest lover.  And a little while ago, this cute cookie dough dip went viral.  It always showed up in photos with things like apples and crackers. Well I thought if it worked as a dip, why not as a cupcake?  So this cupcake is almost heathy, right?  An apple a day…[end-story]

Apple Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Yield: 24-30 Cupcakes

Apple Cookie Dough Cupcakes


Apple Cake:
1 box White or Yellow Cake Mix
2 teaspoons cinnamon or apple pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples (I used Granny Smith)
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cookie Dough Frosting:
3/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-4 cups powdered sugar
milk, if needed


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix, cinnamon and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
3. Prepare apples and place in a separate bowl with lemon juice.
4. In a large bowl, gently whisk oil, eggs, buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla extract together.
5. Add cake mix and stir until smooth.
6. Fold in apple pieces.
7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until and inserted knife comes out clean.
8. Cookie Dough Frosting: Beat butter, cream cheese and brown sugar for 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, sift flour and salt together. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Add vanilla extract and slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. If the mixture seems too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk and continue to beat. Use more milk if needed, but this will be a thicker frosting than normal.
9. Pipe buttercream onto cooled cupcakes and top with chocolate chips and slices of apple. Note: dip your apple slices in lemon juice to keep them from browning.

15 thoughts on “Apple Cookie Dough Cupcakes

  1. 1

    Your creativity keeps me coming back!

  2. 2
    Dide says:

    What are the ingredients for the box white or yellow cake mix? Love your ideas! I’m going to try to make some cupcakes tomorrow.

  3. 3
    Dide says:

    What are the ingredients for the white or yellow box? I’m dying to try and make some of your cupcakes. Love your ideas and the pictures are amazing!

  4. 4
    JenE says:

    What is the measurement for the salt on the frosting???

  5. 5
    JenE says:

    Thanks! Making these tonight 🙂

  6. 6
    Donna Angliss says:

    Love seeing your fab twists on recipes, being from the UK we don’t have the yellow cake mixes and others so I have to just make a normal cake batter but it seems to work ok!
    Can I ask though how many times you have to try these recipes before you get them right? Does it result in you having to throw loads of bad cakes away?

    • 6.1
      Lizzy Mae says:

      I do a lot of research before I bake and because baking is all about chemistry mess ups shouldn’t ever happen if the proportions are right. So no, I really don’t ever have to throw batter or cupcakes away.

  7. 7

    The apple is a nice touch. I think the sourness of the green apple is a nice counter balance of the sweetness of the cupcake. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 8
    Mallory Bradley says:

    I am going to make an apple cupcake with caramel buttercream frosting with chopped nuts on top (kind of like a caramel apple in the fall time). Do you think white or yellow mix would be better or worse than using a spiced cake mix?

    • 8.1

      A lot of people really like yellow cake mix, so I would say use that and adda bunch of spices to give it the same kick as a spiced cake mix. Then you get the best of both!

  9. 9
    Mallory Bradley says:

    What’s the purpose of adding in baking powder when the boxed mix already has it mixed in?

  10. 10
    Amanda says:

    I love that you use box mix to start! I love starting with box mixes and jazzing them up! Can’t wait to try these!

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